Engineer Intern (35 Hour)

Target Class: Sanitary Engineer 1 (HYBRID)

Recruitment #220914-3389ES-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking three qualified individuals for the positions of Engineer Intern within the Environmental Health Section’s Environmental Engineering Program. These Engineer Interns will receive training for a period of one year before being promoted to the target class of Sanitary Engineer 1.  

The Environmental Health and Drinking Water Branch oversees, through a health equity lens, activities related to drinking water supply purity and adequacy, food protection, private wells, subsurface sewage disposal, lead, radon, asbestos, public pools and over 15 environmental licensing and certification categories. The Environmental Health Section focuses on the interrelationships between people and their environment, promotes human health and well-being, and fosters healthy housing and safe communities. 

These positions are critical to protecting the health and safety of the residents of Connecticut where over 1.5 million people live in homes with on-site septic systems. This program provides review and technical support to ensure that septic systems are designed and installed properly. The program is also responsible for issuing approvals for the construction or alteration of public pools. 

Under the direct supervision of a Supervising Sanitary Engineer, the following duties related to subsurface sewage disposal and the pools program will include, but are not limited to: 

  • Working with staff to learn how to review and approve septic system plans as required in 19-13-B103;
  • Providing technical guidance to the general public, local health departments, municipal and regional governments on topics including subsurface sewage disposal systems, public pools, and crematoriums;
  • Researching new proposed regulations, statutes, and standards;
  • Assisting staff with overseeing exam preparation and administration of the licensing of Subsurface Sewage Disposal System installers and cleaners;
  • Participating in soils and subsurface sewage disposal system training program;
  • Assisting staff with conducting site evaluations and investigations, including the review of plans;
  • Assisting staff with the oversight of a training program for local health agents for subsurface sewage disposal system regulatory actions;
  • Assisting staff with the review of applications for new crematoriums, public mausoleums, and private burial grounds pursuant to applicable state statutes, including performing site and construction inspections;
  • Reviewing and approving new construction of public pools;
  • Assisting the program engineers with tracking all projects;
  • Assisting staff in communicating with local health officials & building officials on public pool projects;
  • Performing conformance inspections for public pools;
  • Working with program staff to document all steps of the review and inspection process are complete so that local health can provide final approval for pool operation;
  • Assisting local health with their questions pertaining to public pools and water quality;
  • Assisting staff in maintaining and updating the Public Pool Design Guide as the industry standards change;
  • Attending monthly meetings on the CDC’s Model Aquatic Health Code to determine if changes to the MAHC require changes to the Public Pool Design Guide.  

The Mission of DPH is to protect and improve the health and safety of the people of Connecticut by assuring:

  • The conditions in which people can be healthy;
  • Preventing disease, injury, and disability; and
  • Promoting the equal enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, which is a human right and a priority of the state.

DPH accomplishes this through the implementation of its Strategic Plan which outlines the actions that DPH is taking to accomplish its Mission.

These Engineer Intern positions are permanent, full-time, 35 hours per week, and based out of Hartford. A flex schedule may be permitted following the successful completion of a working test period. These positions will have an opportunity to telework a portion of each week in accordance with State policies and have the potential to increase to 40 hours and the salary will be commensurate with the increase in hours. 

We offer a competitive benefits package, excellent health care, generous leave policies, retirement plan, and more! We also encourage a healthy work-life balance to all employees!

Please include all experience and training related to the preferred qualifications noted at the bottom of this job posting. To ensure your relevant coursework and senior project work etc. can be reviewed as part of your application, please be sure to note that information in the section titled Job-Related Academic, Technical or Vocational Training. 

Selection Plan

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To Apply:
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • You must specify your qualifications on your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
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In a state agency this class is accountable for receiving training in introductory professional engineering work for the development of technical and professional engineering skills and knowledge in order to qualify for advancement to the technical engineering work of the agency.


Performs a wide variety of increasingly difficult duties as technical skills are acquired during course of training period.


General knowledge of basic engineering theories, principles and methods; skill in use of drafting and calculating instruments; considerable ability in performing mathematical computations, making neat and accurate drawings and preparing minor design and structural details; ability to utilize computer software.


A Bachelor's degree in the discipline required by the target class.


  • Experience or academic coursework related to septic systems, wastewater systems and/or pool design;
  • Experience or academic coursework in hydrogeology or soils;
  • Experience or academic coursework  preparing reports and presentations;
  • Experience or academic coursework using organizational skills to monitor and track multiple on-going assignments;
  • Experience or academic coursework with spreadsheets and word processing software including Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel; and
  • Possession of Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) certification.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.